It Follows, Spring, & We Are Still Here Lead the 2015 Fright Meter Awards Nominations

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The 2015 Fright Meter Award nominations have been revealed and It Follows, Spring, and We Are Still Here lead the 2015 nominations with seven each, including Best Director and Best Actress.

The Fright Meter Awards have been presented annually since 2007 by the Fright Meter Awards Committee, a registered non profit organization dedicated solely to honoring the best in horror each year. Nominees and winners are determined by the committee, which consists of horror bloggers, actors, directors, producers, and others involved in the industry.

Without further ado, the 2015 Fright Meter Award nominations:

Best Horror Movie

The Final Girls
Goodnight Mommy
It Follows
Spring
What We Do In The Shadows

Best Director
Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (Spring)
Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak)
Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy)
Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here)
David Robert Mitchell (It Follows)

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Mark Duplass (Creep)
Lou Taylor Pucci (Spring)
Ryan Reynolds (The Voices)
Kurt Russell (Bone Tomahawk)
Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows)

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here)
Taissa Farmiga (The Final Girls)
Nadia Hilker (Spring)
Maika Monroe (It Follows)
Lin Shaye (Insidious: Chapter 3)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here)
Matthew Fox (Bone Tomahawk)
Richard Jenkins (Bone Tomahawk)
Leigh Whannell (Cooties)
Rainn Wilson (Cooties)

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Malin Akerman (The Final Girls)
Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak)
Deanna Dunagan (The Visit)
Lisa Marie (We Are Still Here)
Sierra McCormick (Some Kind Of Hate)

Best Screenplay

Bone Tomahawk
The Final Girls
It Follows
Spring
What We Do In The Shadows

Best Makeup
Bone Tomahawk
Crimson Peak
Deathgasm
We Are Still Here
WolfCop

Best Special Effects
Crimson Peak
Deathgasm
Headless
Insidious: Chapter 3
Stung

Best Score
Crimson Peak
Deathgasm
The Editor
The Final Girls
It Follows

Best Editing
The Final Girls
It Follows
Spring
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We Are Still Here

Best Cinematography

Bone Tomahawk
Crimson Peak
It Follows
Spring
We Are Still Here

Best Short Horror Film
Chomp (Directed by: Lynne Hansen)
The Confession Of Fred Krueger (Directed by: Nathan Thomas Milliner)
The Package (Directed by: Damon Rickard)
Ronald McDonald Playground Slaughter (Nominees to be determined)
Selfie From Hell (Directed by: Erdal Ceylan)

For more information about the Fright Meter Awards, visit www.frightmeterawards.com or find the awards on Facebook: www.facebook.com/frightmeterawards or Twitter: @Frightmeter.

International Review: Ferdi’s Movie World Unwraps DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS

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We here at Slasher Studios have been touched with the outpouring of support for our latest slasher feature, Dismembering Christmas. Just in the past week, the film has been placed on three Best of 2015 lists and we just received this glowing review all the way from the Netherlands. Here are Ferdi Akkulak’s thoughts on Dismembering Christmas. Make sure to like his official Facebook page for more killer reviews.

“On Sunday I watched Dismembering Christmas (2015) for the very first time. This indie horror/slasher is brought to you by Slasher Studios and marks their second feature film after the entertaining throwback slasher Don’t Go to the Reunion (2013). Therefore they made waves with a trio of horror short films: Teddy, Popularity Killer and Blood Brothers. Dismembering Christmas is labeled as a Christmas horror in the vein of the original Black Christmas. It was funded through a Kickstarter campaign and I helped with the financing (just like I did with their first feature film). At this point I feel like the people at Slasher Studios are my family and I’m happy to be writing a review for their brand new movie. This movie was shot in just 12 days on a shoestring budget of $25.000. I watched it on the Limited Edition Blu-ray together with the original Black Christmas as a double feature of Christmas themed horror movies. After viewing Dismembering Christmas I think it’s safe to say that I have “a new holiday tradition” of watching this excellent slasher on a yearly basis around Christmas time. It’s amazing how Slasher Studios stepped up their game, as their second feature film easily rises above their first feature film.

The talented cast is excellent and each actor delivers a fine performance with the material they are given. The actress that stood out the most for me was definitely Leah Wiseman, as she was terrific in her role of Emma. Not only the comic relief of the film, but also the character that you’re most rooting for to survive. This ensemble cast definitely has a close bond together and that is wonderful to see on film. The death scenes are beautifully shot and definitely don’t hold back on the blood and gore department. The location where the film was shot is beyond gorgeous and that results in many amazing landscape shots of an isolated snowy town and superb exterior shots of the three-story cabin. The soundtrack was moody and defined its Christmas setting in my opinion.

Composer Dylan Curzon did a phenomenal job with scoring the movie as a crossover between It Follows and Black Christmas. The script is filled with tons of humor and writer Kevin Sommerfield has outdone himself with his brilliant script. Director Austin Bosley is a terrific addition to the Slasher Studios family, as I thought his direction was very effective. My main complaint with Dismembering Christmas is it’s short running time of a little over 70 minutes. I feel like it affected the developments of some characters and the pacing of the story. It could’ve used an extra 15 minutes. The ending is perfect and leaves the door wide open for a sequel, but I did feel that the mystery of who the killer was could’ve been kept more under wraps. It’s been a privilege to have witnessed how this movie got made through many updates on social media. Dismembering Christmas is one of the best indie horrors I’ve seen in awhile and a fresh and exciting entry in the dead or alive Christmas horror subgenre. For a hell of a good time, look no further! Make sure to rent this on Amazon or buy your copy through the Slasher Studios webshop. Support indie horror!”

To purchase Dismembering Christmas:
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Don’t forget to also pick up a Dismembering Christmas Limited Edition Tee!
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Artwork by the awesome Garreth Gibson Illustrations.


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Indie Horror Spotlight: “Campground: The Requel” (2015) Review

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After a mother brutally murders her child with a screwdriver, there remains a legend that the spirit of the murdered boy remains to haunt the grounds where he was killed. Years later a group of friends venture into the campground and tell the tale of Charlie Varsin. Before long they learn that they may be dealing with more than a legend.

This slasher is a remake and sequel all in one. This is very uncommon to unheard of. However, with this film, it works very well. It tells essentially the same story of the original Campground with new characters (the remake aspect), but it brings back characters from the original and pushes the story further (sequel aspect). Roman Jossart and Brandon Prewitt boldly tackle the material and really deliver. While there are moments where the flow feels a little bit off, but it doesn’t make it hard to follow. It knows what it wants to do and where it wants to go even when it slows down its momentum. The use of the campground setting is definitely used to its advantage. As a fan of the woods setting in horror, I was extremely satisfied. The killer has a great look to him in vein of Jason and Victor Crowley and bring upon a great amount of intimidation. Admittedly there are more characters than I was expecting to where I couldn’t keep track of all of them, but they are pretty enjoyable to watch. Some of the acting is hit or miss, but if there is one person that steals the whole film however it’s Marla Van Lanen as the mother of our killer. She’s better than ever in this and further proves that she deserves a role in every horror film possible. The way portrays the unstable mother is intimidating but she provides a heavy sense of bitchitude that is extremely satisfying. The kills are well-done even if they’re not so much original, but it’s not a huge problem. I do wish there was more of a showdown in the end as opposed to the abruptness it ultimately had. If there was anything that I would have changed the most it was that.

Campground: The Requel is a pleasing take and entry in the slasher genre that perfectly blends the idea of a sequel and remake and brings something fun and different to the table.

–Cody Landman

Cast & Crew Signed DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS Posters Now On Sale

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We have an extra special treat for you slasher fans just in time for the new year. We have just FIVE special edition Dismembering Christmas posters left. These posters have been signed by the entire cast of Dismembering Christmas and wants these are gone, they are gone for good. These posters are 11×17 and are $15 each (use the paypal dropdown menu to decide which style poster you’d like) or purchase all 3 posters for $40 & receive a limited edition still & Dismembering Christmas soundtrack for FREE. All money raised will go to film festival submissions for Dismembering Christmas.


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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Best of Horror in 2015

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On a brand new Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl take a stab at the best that horror had to offer in 2015. Check out the link below to listen to an archive and make sure to subscribe to never miss an episode!

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Best of Horror in 2015

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Winter Based Horror

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A brand new Slasher Studios Horror Podcast in which Andrew Beirl & Kevin Sommerfield chat about their favorite horror movies set during the winter.

Speaking of winter themed horror, make sure to pick up Dismembering Christmas, the second killer feature from Slasher Studios. Now available on DVD & Bluray!

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Winter Based Horror

Now Available – Dismembering Christmas (HD Digital Download)

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The second feature from Slasher Studios, Dismembering Christmas, is now available to rent or buy in HD! Just in time for the holiday season.

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It was supposed to be a holiday vacation they would never forget, not a holiday vacation they would never survive. When Mark and his friends go up to his fathers new vacation home for Christmas vacation, they were ready for a fun time. Out in the middle of nowhere, the house is cheerfully decorated for Christmas. But an unknown visitor is there, and one by one they are murdered. Its Christmas and not a creature is stirring except the killer in the house…

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Award Worthy Horror

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Listen to our Slasher Studios hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl discuss performances and movies that they think should have been award worthy. What performances make the grade and should have been recognized? Listen to our latest episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast to find out.

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Award Worthy Horror

Early Horror Review: “Regression” (2015)

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On Monday I watched Regression (2015) in theaters together with a friend of mine. I have been interested in seeing this movie ever since the first official stills were released. Director Alejandro Amenábar has made waves before with the acclaimed supernatural thriller The Others (2001) and the historical drama Agora (2009). I’ve only seen the former movie and I honestly wasn’t too hyped up about The Others, but I still liked it.

The cast of Regression is impressive as both Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke are some of my favorite actors. I was shocked to see this movie was panned by a lot of critics. It currently sits at a jaw-dropping 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. The teaser trailer looked terrific and managed to give away as little as possible about the story. I went in with modest expectations and I ended up really digging this movie. Regression is a suspenseful and well acted psychological thriller that kept me guessing until the very ending. I actually thought it was slightly better than The Others. The acting performances are solid, especially by Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Dale Dickey and Aaron Ashmore. The character development is fantastic and overall one of the strongest elements in the film. The story is excellent, but doesn’t come without one or two plot holes.

This movie isn’t per definition “scary”, but it does feature some creepy images and a couple of startling moments. I loved the mystery that was surrounding throughout the entire movie. The camera work and cinematography are superb and I love the fact that this movie takes place in the 90’s. The twist ending was unexpected, but I didn’t feel like there was a proper closure. I highly suggest everyone to ignore the critics and watch this movie for yourself. It’s not the best psychological thriller you’ll ever see, but it definitely earned its stripes and the cast does an excellent job. FYI: Regression won’t be released in theaters in America until February 5th 2016.

–Ferdi Akkulak

Exclusive DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS Clip: Emma (Leah Wiseman) Has a Killer Christmas

We are pleased to bring you an exclusive clip for our newest slasher, Dismembering Christmas. In this clip, Emma (Leah Wiseman) discovers that not all Christmas presents are worth unwrapping. Ready for a carnage Christmas and want your very own copy of our gory holiday horror? Dismembering Christmas is now available on DVD.

Extras include:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer

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Don’t forget to also pick up a Dismembering Christmas Limited Edition Tee!
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